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David P. Abernathy Joins Laclede Gas As Vice President, Associate General Counsel

September 10, 2004

ST. LOUIS, MO, September 10, 2004 — Laclede Gas Company today announced that it has hired David P. Abernathy as its Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Mr. Abernathy comes to Laclede from Missouri-American Water Company, where he was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the company and its related affiliated entities for the past five years.

Mr. Abernathy, 43, will report to Mark C. Darrell, General Counsel for Laclede Gas, and be responsible for representing the Company in several areas of litigation, with an emphasis on directing Laclede’s Claims Department. He will also provide legal counsel on administrative, environmental, corporate, insurance and contract law.

“David comes to Laclede with an outstanding background in a variety of legal specialties,” said Douglas H. Yaeger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His wide range of experience in multiple legal areas impacting public utilities makes him a valuable asset to our management team.”

Since June of 1999, Mr. Abernathy has been chief legal officer for Missouri-American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water Works Company, which is owned by German utility conglomerate RWE. He was responsible for all of the Company’s legal matters, including contracts/transactions, litigation, regulatory, environmental, labor & employment and general corporate issues. During his tenure, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for St. Louis County Water Company and Jefferson City Water Works Company. From June of 1999 until December of 2000, he was Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Continental Water Company & Water Utility Service Company. All three utilities are affiliated entities that were acquired and eventually merged or disbanded.

He joined St. Louis County Water Company in 1988 as a Staff Attorney and in December of 1989 was named Assistant General Counsel, a position he held until June of 1999.

Mr. Abernathy holds a degree in Mass Communications/Broadcasting (1983) from Western Illinois University and a Juris Doctorate degree (1986) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri, Illinois and American Bar Associations and the Bar Associations of St. Louis County and Metropolitan St. Louis.

Laclede Gas, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG), is the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, serving more than 630,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri.

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